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Floydoid

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Budget Sound Cards
« on: September 20, 2007, 12:18:09 PM »

Now I've got my graphics sorted, I think it's about time I upgraded my soundcard.  I currently have a SB Live! 5.1 which has served me well for about 5 years, in 2, if not 3 machines (I lose count).

Again, I want to go for cheap and cheerful (my budget is no more than 20 quid), and am looking at this one:

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/98938

Not being a sound buff, I would appreciate comments, suggestions to alternatives, etc.
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2007, 12:30:30 PM »

I'm not a sound buff either, but that's a popular card at a good price.
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2007, 01:02:46 PM »

The Audigy is a nice all-rounder card, with higher quality output than the Live, which was reasonably good anyway.

Incidentally why do you want to upgrade the Live?
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2007, 01:36:11 PM »

Incidentally why do you want to upgrade the Live?

I think it's time for a change, and the Live! will go in my second PC which has an even more ancient soundblaster in it.
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 09:14:44 AM »

Had the new soundcard fitted for a few days now... very impressed with the 24-bit sound.

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Though why it costs an extra tenner to put the same card & CD in a fancy box (and presumably with an instruction leaflet) is totally beyond me.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/123088
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« Last Edit: October 08, 2007, 09:55:45 AM by Floydoid »
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007, 10:36:32 AM »

>>> Though why it costs an extra tenner to put the same card & CD in a fancy box (and presumably with an instruction leaflet) is totally beyond me.


I know exactly what you mean - and why for years I tend to get OEM stuff if possible to save money.
Boxes and multi-lingual leaflets normally get binned anyhow.
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2007, 10:52:42 AM »

And what is simpler than whacking in a new card and running the cd-rom?

Actually I didn't even use the cd, I just got the latest driver set-up .exe off the creative site.
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2007, 06:09:02 PM »

all you need now is some desent speakers  :lol:
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2007, 10:37:55 PM »

New speakers will be next, but the ones I already have are pretty good, and you know it. :P
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2007, 08:14:55 AM »

With Intels quad cores the difference between OEM and Retail is 25  ??? Why would i want that box and leaflet??? It must be gold plated.
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2007, 09:12:17 AM »

The current prices for that soundblaster are 15 for the OEM and 30 for the retail boxed, and I sure don't need a leaflet telling me how to install a PCI card.
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Re: Budget Sound Cards
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2007, 09:36:11 AM »

LOL exactly.
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